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Petras Theatre

Petras Theatre is another open theatre in a former quarry with good acoustics.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1983 The first cultural events took place.

    1985 Big productions were held in the context of the "Athens - European Capital of Culture".

    1995 The present theatre was constructed.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

On the slope of Pikilo Mountain, at an altitude of 220m above sea level, is the Petras Theatre. This location was the former “Aemos” quarry. Initially, the theatrical stages were made of metal and later the present large theatre “Minos Volanakis” with 4000 seats and the smaller “Peter Brooks” theatre with 1000 seats were built. Today, redevelopment projects are underway. On the eastern side of the theatre, on top of the rocks, one can admire a unique view. The city unfolds from north to south and its natural boundaries stand out: the mountains Penteli and Hymettus and the Saronic Gulf. Near this point, there are also café-bars with this beautiful view.

What I can't see

Every autumn the International Petras Festival takes place. The first cultural events were called “Festivals of the Rocks” and were co-organized by the municipalities of Petroupoli, Peristeri, Ilion, Agii Anargyri and Kamatero. In addition to major domestic productions (e.g. by Michael Marmarinos, Dimitris Papaioannou), the Petras Theatre has hosted “Mahabharata” by Peter Brooks, the Moscow Bolshoi ballets, the Bonn Opera and prime ministers have visited it, such as the Indian Indira Gandhi, the Swedish Olof Palme, the Canadian Pierre Elliott Trudeau and people of literature, arts and sciences from all over the world.


Municipality of Petroupoli, (2021), Ιστορικά Στοιχεία του Θεάτρου Πέτρας, [History of Petra Theatre], in

Last visit 5/1/2023


Field observation by scientific editors